Tsukuba Space Center
People can see state-of-the-art space development at the largest-scale aerospace development center in Japan.
This is one of the major facilities of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, which is located in a section of Tsukuba Science City in Tsukuba City, Ibaraki. On the approximately 530,000-square-meter premises, staff members control launched artificial satellites and the Japanese experiment module "Kibo" in the International Space Station and train astronauts, in addition to researching, developing, and testing artificial satellites and rockets.
At an exhibition pavilion on the premises, people can see a trial model of the H-II Transfer Vehicle, a full-scale model of the experiment module "Kibo," and a real rocket engine. Moreover, if you make an advanced reservation, you can also have a guided tour. Three kinds of tours are available, specifically, "Astronaut Course" to see the training of astronauts, "Space Station Course" to see the scene of operating and controlling Japanese experiment module "Kibo," which has been mounted on the International Space Station, and "Rocket Course" to simulate the sound of a rocket being launched. Please choose a course when applying for a tour.
Address: 2-1-1 Sengen, Tsukuba City, Ibaraki
Phone: 029-868-5000 (to register for guided facility tours, call the Tour Center at 029-868-2023)
Hours open to visitors: 10:00-17:00
Admission Fee: Free for pavilions and guided facility tours (advance registration needed for guided facility tours)
Closed: Year-end and New Year holidays. The planetarium may be temporarily closed during the replacement of the planetarium program
Directions: (Train) Take the Kantetsu Bus (bound for Arakawaoki station) from Tsukuba Station on the Tsukuba Express Line (1 hour from Tokyo Station) and get off at Busshitsu Kenkyujo; from there is is a 1-minute walk to Tsukuba Space Center. (Car) minutes from Sakura-Tsuchiura Interchange on the Joban Expressway (free parking available).